Communication Skills Instructors


Heather Goodwin

Heather Goodwin is a voice-over artist, actor, web designer and a soon-to-be graduate of the CREATE Institute’s Expressive Arts Therapy program. She has facilitated Expressive Arts groups for a number of different populations including prisoners, seniors, adults living with life changing illnesses, caregivers, and children. Additionally, Heather has an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and is a master’s candidate in Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology at the European Graduate School.

Heather teaches Creative Pulse: Interdisciplinary Introduction to the Arts


Jeremy Hutton

Jeremy Hutton was the founding artistic director of the Toronto Youth Theatre and the artistic director of Hart House Theatre. He is a director, actor, composer, lyricist, fight-director and sound designer based in Toronto.

Recent directing credits include, Cabaret, Spamalot and The Sound of Music (Lower Ossington Theatre), and The Tempest, Night of the Iguana, Macbeth and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Hart House Theatre).

Recent acting credits include Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Hart House Theatre), Claudius in Hamlet and Feste in Twelfth Night (Classical Theatre Project) and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (SBTS Halifax).

Jeremy has written four musicals with Kieren MacMillan including the 2010 best of fringe hit Fairytale Ending. Others include Tobor the Robot, and the ever-popular Robin Hood the Legendary Musical Comedy. He’s written several others without Kieren including The Fourth Princess (Lower Ossington Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (SBTS Halifax) and Snow White for which he won two Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt awards for original composition and musical direction.

Jeremy teaches Public Speaking

Students say,

“I’m very impressed with the public speaking class… it seems to me you have x-ray vision in terms of spotting right away tension and stuck breath (in my case)… it’s SO true! Thank you for saying it…Happy to say the new skills i’m learning are full force! I just got off a teleconference with a client where I had to discuss / defend a document I wrote… i found myself using many of the skills that were coming easily to mind in the moment… breathing, being myself is compelling and even found myself saying “forgive me” in a ‘command’ and it works!! Boss even sent an congratulatory email that it went so well! It’s working! THANK YOU”


Kevin McCormick

Kevin McCormick is one of the most sought after acting instructors in Toronto, having worked with thousands of artists over the years and is currently the Director of the acclaimed Equity Showcase Theatre. Kevin also teaches regularly for Equity Showcase Theatre, The Actors Tutorial and co-ordinates and teaches within a unique arts program at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. Other teaching highlights include York University, The Ryerson Theatre School, The Canadian College of Dance, The National Ballet of Canada, Young Peoples Theatre, The George Randolph Studio Dance Theatre, Leah Posluns Theatre School, and The University of New Brunswick. Mr. McCormick has produced and directed a variety of productions and has held the position of Artistic Director for two Ontario Summer Theatres. He is a founding member of the Toronto Association of Acting Studios where he has also served as President.

Kevin teaches Empowering Your Presence, On-Camera Self-Discovery and Personal Development, Free up: Expressing Your Creative Imagination and Freedom from Self-Consciousness

Students say,

“I got to explore sides of myself that I don’t know much about.”

“[The course was] an interesting starting point into more self-exploration, self-expression, and listening to others.”


Laura Jane (LJ) Nelles

Laura Jayne (LJ) Nelles has been professional actor and director for many years and holds an MFA in acting and directing. She studied voice with master teacher David Smukler and works as a voice teacher and coach in a variety of settings. Her PhD research focuses on embodied practice in theatre and health. LJ is currently on faculty at The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and has taught acting and various forms of theatre at York University, The University of Guelph-Humber and as a guest artist at the Toronto Board of Education. She loves to make theatre and is particularly drawn to the transformative powers of theatre.

LJ teaches Voice and Speech: An Introduction and Clarity of Speech

Students say,

“This class has made me more ware of myself and this will help me improve in different areas, both academic & personal”

“I learned specific ways that I was limiting the volume and quality of my voice.””

“Amazing at building confidence & connections with the voice.”

“Engages with each student to focus on particular concerns. No judgement, positive, warm disposition.”

“The voice exercises are a great help whenever I speak, especially when doing public speaking.”


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